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Hiking

FOURTH STAGE

from Cupramontana to Santa Maria Nuova

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Beautiful hilly stage, with modest height differences, quite long, sparsely populated, overall pleasant and relaxing.

The route, which starts in Cupramontana, then runs along gentle and green slopes, partly on paved roads and streets, partly on dirt roads, passing through the small fraction of San Michele, then through San Paolo di Jesi, then continuing for a long stretch in the countryside, until the arrival in Santa Maria Nuova.

The route includes some short sections on provincial roads (not the busiest), where necessary.


Route

You leave the historic center of Cupramontana, going down the stairs east of the central square,

Cupramontana
uscendo dal centro storico

and turn left onto Via Giacomo Leopardi,

Cupramontana
Via Giacomo Leopardi

which shortly after you leave to turn right into Via Giovanni Bovio:

Bivio dx

This soon joins the SP 9, but immediately afterwards, before the intersection with Via Spontini, you turn sharply to the right in Via Valle:

Bivio dx

The road initially descends towards the north-east,

In cammino
allontanandosi da Cupramontana

immediately entering the country:

Paesaggio collinare
con vista su Cingoli

After a few turns, at the end of a straight,

In cammino
verso San Paolo di Jesi

you turn left at a fork, entering Via Contrada Colonara, initially northwards:

Bivio sx

You proceed on this,

In cammino
verso San Paolo di Jesi

until you reach the small hamlet of San Michele:

San Michele, dritti

Less than 300 m after the church, you turn sharply to the right, downhill, along Via San Michele,

Bivio dx

which immediately presents a couple of hairpin bends, then continue with various curves, still downhill:

In cammino
verso San Paolo di Jesi

In cammino
verso San Paolo di Jesi

At the junction with Contrada Spescia, you turn left onto Via Follonica,

Bivio sx

In cammino
verso San Paolo di Jesi

and after a couple of bends, you follow the right branch:

Bivio dx

In cammino
verso San Paolo di Jesi

When you come across a few houses, you turn left:

Bivio sx

In cammino
verso San Paolo di Jesi

The hilly landscape, illuminated by the morning sun, gives its best:

Ginestre
lungo la strada per San Paolo di Jesi

Paesaggio collinare
verso San Paolo di Jesi

Cupramontana is farther and farther behind:

Paesaggio collinare
allontanandosi da Cupramontana

At the next junction you keep to the right,

Bivio dx

always following Via Follonica, while you approach San Paolo di Jesi:

In cammino
in prossimità di San Paolo di Jesi

You follow Via Follonica,

In cammino
in prossimità di San Paolo di Jesi

which finally bends to the left,

In cammino
in vista di San Paolo di Jesi

taking the name of Via Peschereccia, when you enter San Paolo di Jesi:

San Paolo di Jesi, sx

Here you turn sharply left onto Via Contrada delle Lame, and shortly after to the right,

Bivio dx

to join SP 35 after less than 300 m:

Bivio dritti

You travel less than 1000 m on the provincial road,

In cammino
dopo San Paolo di Jesi

with due care, although it is not very busy, then at a roundabout turn right, towards Via San Giuseppe, heading south,

Rotonda dx

and then pass an industrial warehouse:

In cammino
dopo San Paolo di Jesi

At the next junction, you turn to the left along Via Contrada Coste:

Bivio sx

Continue in the countryside, keeping on the same road, for about 3 km:

In cammino
dopo San Paolo di Jesi

Azienda Agricola
dopo San Paolo di Jesi

In cammino
verso Santa Maria Nuova

In cammino
verso Santa Maria Nuova

Paesaggio collinare
tra San Paolo di Jesi e Santa Maria Nuova

In cammino
verso Santa Maria Nuova

At a certain point, behind the hills, Jesi and its surroundings can be seen:

Vista verso Jesi
camminando verso Santa Maria Nuova

The road turns right,

Bivio dx

and after about 200 m it joins the SP 502:

Bivio dx

You follow it for less than 500 m, with due care, and then leave it, turning left, heading east on a small road:

Bivio sx

Now the area of Jesi is more visible:

Panorama verso Jesi
dalla strada per Santa Maria Nuova

You join Via Grangalia Alta:

Bivio dritti

You follow it eastwards for about 2 km,

In cammino
verso Santa Maria Nuova

enjoying the picturesque landscape,

Paesaggio collinare
in prossimità di Santa Maria Nuova

Paesaggio collinare
in prossimità di Santa Maria Nuova

and leaving a large farmhouse on the right:

Casale di collina
in prossimità di Santa Maria Nuova

At the next crossroads you continue straight on:

Bivio dritti

After a couple of bends, beyond some hills with signs of erosion, Santa Maria Nuova can be seen in the distance:

Paesaggio collinare
in vista di Santa Maria Nuova

Soon you pass the small church of Santa Maria del Colle,

Chiesetta
di Santa Maria del Colle

then you continue straight ahead, following Via Santa Maria del Colle, heading north:

Bivio dritti

In cammino
verso Santa Maria Nuova

About 1000 m after the church, turn right onto a dirt road,

Bivio dx

that goes up to a rural house:

In cammino
per la scorciatoia dell'osservatorio

You pass the house keeping to your left, on a country track:

In cammino
per la scorciatoia dell'osservatorio

You pass a passive repeater,

In cammino
per la scorciatoia dell'osservatorio

and continue,

In cammino
per la scorciatoia dell'osservatorio

until you reach the domes of a small astronomical observatory:

Osservatorio, e bivio sx

Youc ontinue straight, now on a small road, downhill,

In cammino
verso Santa Maria Nuova

until it crosses, in correspondence of a sharp curve, the SP 362, a very busy road:

Bivio dritti

You cross it with the necessary caution, to take, in front, the branch of Via Minonna that leads to Santa Maria Nuova, to the north-east:

In cammino
in vista di Santa Maria Nuova

Just before entering the village, you turn right into Via Scarpara Alta,

Bivio dx

thus reaching the end, the B&B Il Giardino delle Rose:

B&B Il Giardino delle Rose


Jesi

Santa Maria Nuova is well connected with Jesi by bus, so you have the opportunity to visit the city, especially the historic center, surrounded by imposing medieval walls, and rich in history and monuments.

The map indicates the bus stop/station in the two places, and also the B&B Casa di Paola, for a possible overnight stay.

Consult the bus timetable on the ATMA website.

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